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If you happen to drive by Raja Uda which is another part of Penang at Mainland that is famous for alot of hawker food too. . . One of the stalls that I often hear from my cousins or friends from around that area is a few restaurant and stalls that must not miss to eat. One stall in particularly that run by the whole family itself that enjoy brisk business for very long time. For last round I went back to Penang I particularly force my friends to go over to this area to dine with me .. ehehe

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As I remember a stall that is famous for the Yew Char Kuih and Ham Chi Peng is nearby a mini food court only my friend told me that they have move to a new location which is bigger and brighter.

Hardly you will miss this stall as its usually flock with alot of people and nearby the famous temple along Jalan Raja Uda too or famous  Fish Head Steamboat next too it.

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All their items are made fresh and serve pippin hot from the wok after being deep fried.

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Many of the siblings are helping out from making process and some of them taking care of the deep fried process.

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Price wise still did not change much starting from RM0.70 at the most of RM0.20 increase as compare to 2 – 3 years ago. .  I love their Horse Leg, Ham Chi Peng, Yew Char Kuih as I ate it this round and forgot to take pictures. Apologize!

If you happen to be in the area, this is one of the stall that you must not miss. Its a recommended stall by me .. 😀

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10  love this and recommended! . . -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Jalan Raja Uda, Penang
If not mistaken In between Famous Raja Uda temple and Zi Wei Steamboat.

Penang is already famous for its street food and many other hawkers center are famous to outstation crowd and some are famous among the locals, as once the word spread, the hawker center will enjoy brisk business. One of the hidden gem for Hokkien Mee that I have been hunting for the past few months that often close and now they have reopen back is this 888 Hokkien Mee Stall which is located on Lebuh Presgrave (Sah Tiau Loh – in hokkien means 3rd street) which is one of a famous hokkien mee (prawn noodle) stall among the locals.

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This street is very near to 1st Avenue mall which is like 2-3 streets away from the mall that if you plan to walk here from 1st Avenue, it takes about 10 minutes walk. This hawker center area is located the same street with Kwang Hwa newspaper factory.

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This is the street hawker center of Sah Tiau Loh (三条路小贩中心) which many kind of food to offer with the corner shop is a coffee shop that host many hakwer stalls and those that spill over to the road side. Some of the street hawker food unable to serve food into the coffee shop due to some conflict. It is best you ask them before you order if you are seated inside the coffeeshop.

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Well, anyone of you heard about the recent competition of Hokkien Mee in Penang? It was held at Times Square on December 2011 that  Penang Best Hokkien Mee stalls in the state were spotted and came by to compete to emerge the best as these were voted by the public.  888 Hokkien Mee emerge as crowd favorites and won the best in this catagory (click here for The Star News also to spot top 3 hokkien mee stalls in Penang) I am not sure that the winner of 888 hokkien mee is the same as this or not as they mention near Sunshine Square. and this is at Town area but to me still the same name and take it as another branch. 😀

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Before the wont this category, this stall had already been very famous among neighborhood and since when I was a kid I came by to eat with my grandfather and recently been craving for it so bad and manage to get my satisfaction. In the order you can choose to add on some ingredient like pork ribs, intestine, and others.

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You can add on some ‘siew Yuk’ too but the siew yuk for the day not so nice.

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This is how cramp the place look like that solely sole for Hokkien Mee only. To get a spot is pretty fast as the turn over per table is quite quick.

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This is my order of Hokkien Mee @ RM 3

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Why is it one of my favorite is definitely because of the soup base, its sweet with prawn taste and know that its cook along with prawn shells also, not only that its also cook along with pork bones and meat that make it so nice. It is serve along with small prawns that cook inside the soup for long time and some pork. I wanted to add on some pork ribs and other ingredient was sold out.

It is best advise to go before 10.30pm as most of their add on ingredients get sold out very very fast.

Pricing of add ons:

Normal Noodle @ RM3

Mee @ RM0.60
Egg @ RM0.60
Fish Ball @ RM0.60
Pig Guts @ RM0.60
Pork Belly (烧肉) @ RM1.60
Pork Ribs (排骨) @ RM1.60
Pig Trotter (猪脚) @ RM1.60

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In front of the Hokkien Mee stall comes this very busy Wan Tan Mee Stall also. I see alot of people flock on this stall and decided to give it a try too . . .

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I was sitting there for 45 minutes, and this guy was so busy for 45 minutes and its non stop action. I forgot to take the picture of Wan Tan Mee but I find it nothing much to shout about as the unique is the noodle which is just a bit springy as I have better ones in other coffee shop in Penang.

Overall, if you are in Penang to hunt for very nice Hokkien Mee (prawn Noodle) this is one of the stall highly recommended by me, as during CNY holiday I came here 3 times. . 😀

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10,very good, highly recommended Hokkien Mee!!~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Presgrave Street Hawker Centre
Lebuh Presgrave

*NON-HALAL

Closed on Thursday
Daily 4.30pm-12.00am


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I have read alot bloggers or my friend mention that we should go to Balik Pulau for laksa. I cannot even remember when was the last time I head there for meals. All I know that Balik Pulau Best Laksa do have cheap meals which is like 30-40% cheaper than normal hawker food available in Penang, there is certainly one of the destination to head for.

It was until few weeks ago, decided to head there again to visit the small little town located at another side of Penang.

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When we reach,I just got to know that the market is under upgrading work and the laksa stall have move to the corner kopitiam which purely sell only laksa that located right at the T-junction if you are coming from Paya Terubong direction.

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Looking at their stalls, with some advertisement, they had been feature food guide and newspaper.

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Like any other laksa, the stalls is fill with lots of noodle, and other ingredient to be added in.

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Its hard for you to find table in the shop, as there are many people that purposely came by for this Laksa only.

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One of the signature drink you must try in this coffee shop is that ‘Fresh Nutmeg Juice with Asam’. I used to hate anything related to nutmeg as I dislike the smell and taste of it. Slowly I learn to drink and overcome hate of this drink.

Well, this drink is very refreshing, fresh and its pure whereby I think they used at least 3-4 nutmeg to blend in it. It was a hot day and this drink was a thirst quencher, that this drink is also good for health. I had 2 cups anyway. . 🙂 Recommended!

You can do take away for the fresh nutmeg juice, which is very pure blended and need to be add on with some water. cost RM4 & RM 8 if not mistaken.

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In this stall we order 2 version of its laksa, One is ‘Siam Laksa’ which is a bit more creamy or lemak as they added in coconut milk into it and I one of the catch in this the noodle, which is soooo smooth and a bit chewy.

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Next is the normal ‘Asam Laksa’ that I like about it is, the fish are smash into very tiny pieces then every mouth you drink on the soup, you sip along with the fish. I prefer this version rather than clear soup with big piece of fish added on top.

Among those 2… I prefer Siam  Laksa as not many places can cook very nice siam laksa, as the normal laksa, I had better ones. For me, I would recommend their Siam Laksa if you do come so far. . .

More details of the shop and history you can read in this blog: mywisewife.com

Public transport access:

no.502 from Komtar Bus Terminal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, very good on their siam laksa~ Recommended! ~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Balik Pulau best Laksa at Nan Guang Coffee Shop
(next to former Balik Pulau Market)
Jalan Balik Pulau,
Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia

Business hours: 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Close on Wednesday)

Come earlier on weekends to avoid disappointment


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Penang is always known for its hawker food and around Ayer Itam area which is well know for their morning market for all the neighbors to buy fresh ingredient to cook or even supplies to restaurant which makes them one of the big market in Penang. I did write about a famous elderly selling classic curry mee in the  market, click here.  Around the area there are many hawker which are famous tag along the morning market, one which is in particular was one of my friends favourite Kueh Chap stall is in this Wah Meng Kopitiam that host also variety of food.

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Do not have a proper sign for it as the main entrance are all covered up with busy hawker stalls.

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instead the signage are hidden inside ..  which is next to a TOTO store. .

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In the early morning, this coffee shop is pack with lots of people..not to mention during public holidays or long weekend.

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Then they have this nasi kandar stall infront of them . .

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selling Roti Canai next to it which is done fresh while ordering . .

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and here comes my thin fluffy roti Kosong as its not bad just that the curry gravy is quite watery which turns it to be quite disappointing for RM 0.70 per piece, no complain.

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Then I saw this uncle stall for Char Koey Teow frying non stop, yet I have tried. . .

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and Char Kueh Kak also . .

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This is the famous Kueh Chap which my friend is talking about and we waited for bout 25 minutes for it ..

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It is one of my favorite and its very hard to find in KL.

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and according to some explanation that I found over Google, this is actually a Teochew dish that started off during Ming Dynasty, which previously known as Ding Bian Cuo (鼎邊挫) or Ding Bian Hu (鼎邊糊), being translated as Wok-side Cooking or Wok-side Frying. Read more at javewu.

Kueh Chap is a word from Hokkien language and can be found in a few states like Penang, Johor, Kuching and Singapore. In Penang we utilise the whole duck including the spare parts of it like innards, blood, intestine to add it in and some other states they used pork.

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This is the classic bowl of Penang version Kueh Chap ((flat broad rice sheets))

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which is filled with kueh a texture similar like flat big koey teow type to cook along and add in all the duck parts in it like braised duck meat, bean curd, congealed blood, hard-boiled egg and innards of intestines and liver. Then top with fried garlic oil on top to bring the extra kick in it. The soup is black in colour that its boil along with the duck and aromatic, yet I find it a bit salty after finishing the whole bowl, i still prefer mine  to have it in thicker soup base which is located at Kimberly street that I didnt blog bout it, then overall it is still quite satisfying to have it in early morning.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10  quite good ah . . -stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

 

Location:
Kedai Kopi Wah Meng
612 Jalan Air Itam
11500 Air Itam
Penang

Business Hour : 7am – Noon

GPS Coordinates : N5 24.010 E100 16.682


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As most of us know that Penang is really famous for its hawker food, and one of the place that I have nearly forgeten which is really famous for hawker food during afternoon among the locals under the very hot atap which is located at this Cecil Street Market or known as 7th Street market (Chit Tiau Loh Market in Hokkien), one of the busiest market in Penang filled with lots of fresh variety of ingredients also which is sardine packed with lots of nice hawker food. Can say that majority of the hawker here are old school that had pass to their kids now. Cecil Street Market

This hawker center is at peak during lunch hour and tea time that visited by a lot of people from offices and neighborhood. Do prepare to soak in sweat as the place is very hot under our hot sunny days.

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Well, in Penang there are two types of Pasembor, one which is the Chinese version which adds on with a bit of jelly fish and pretty similar to the Indian version.

As for the indian version is also known as Pasembor or another word is Rojak Mamak that is also used in KL with the term known as Rojak, that actually fills with shereded cucumber, potatoes, beancurd, bean sprouts, and prawn fritters as for seafood like spicy fried crab, fried octopus or others are all optional, served along with sweet and spicy nut sauce.

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One of my favourite stall in this area is this Pasembur that I had eat since when I was a kid and now the younger generations had took over from their parents. This stall is one of the famous stall in the hawker center.

Most of the time I have been here, this stall never stop working or never once I have seen them free. . Constantly chopping off the ingredient to meet the customer’s demand.

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One of their secret is that the gravy.

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This is one of my favourite Pasembor as the gravy is a bit sweet and spicy that blends very well with shredded mengkuang, cucumber and little mouse (as what i called in hokkien by translation). Then the unique in this stall is that they do add shredded jelly fish . . RM2.80

I would say one of my favourite pasembor and if you do visit Penang and in the afternoon, this hot place is one of the place you would want to consider for hawker food. Recommended~

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, recommended~ ~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

*Non-Halal
Location:
Cecil Street Market
Lebuh Cecil, Georgetown
10300, Penang


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If you are looking for a kopitiam with standard nice food to eat, I would say Kedai Makanan O & S would be one of the best neigbourhood kopitiam that served alot of nice hawker food. I have been here many times with my collegue which they rate one of their favourite kopitiam and always have to reach here before the super peak lunch time 1pm which will flock by most people that work around the area. I have nearly tried the food range at this coffee shop and I only took picture once just to share on that it . .

You have to stare at the person that sitting at the table to ask them eat faster, its my turn to sit and eat those kind of atmosphere. If you want to get a place easily in this coffee shop, just come after 1.45pm where most of the office people have to go back to work.

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Beef Ball Noodle apparently turns out not bad, that clear in soup base and I love mine to have a mixture of all parts in my bowl. The soup is a bit sweet with reddish taste which can be told that had been boil for quite some time. The beef meat is soft and love mine to dip with their own homemade chili sauce. Not bad for a quality like that, can give it a try .. RM 6

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A few times I walked pass this Char Koey Teow stall that fried till very aromatic and smells so good, then decided to order, it smells nice, not in taste as its  a bit blend and texture is a bit moist which I prefer it to be a bit more dry.

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If you are craving for Penang Laksa, this would be one of the recommended place to stop your crave from Penang. Fish meat chucks with strong blend of fish meat in the soup base is soury, and a bit spicy , add on with the ‘har kou’ would be just nice. One of my collegue favourite.

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Next is this Chee Cheong Fun stall which have a bit similar taste of my Penang favourite style with thick shrimp paste style add on with sesame and fried onions . . Taste very nice at first, but till the end I find it a bit salty, well, my colleague they all love it . .

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Another dish to recommend is this Yeong Tau Fu Stall that you can see many tables or at least 8/10 tables will order this. Sweet in soup base and the fried ‘sui kau’ is a must order that crispy edge and stuff with mince meat is good!

One of the crowds favourite which I did not take picture is Penang Prawn Mee or Har Mee which is one of the best that I have eaten so far in PJ or KL, with the soup is sweet with prawn shell and pai kuat taste, that you can add on extra ingredient like Penang style. starts from RM4 which is highly recommended~

If you are craving for some Penang food or hawker food, then o n s kopitiam would be one of the Kopitiam I would recommend to stop on your crave.. .  Do look out for their Penang Prawn Mee and Laksa. .

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, not bad ahh~ ~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

*NON-Halal

Location:
O & S Coffee Shop
39, Jalan 20/14,
Paramount Gardens, 46300 Petaling Jaya
(directly opposite Caltex)

GPS Coordinates: N3 06.469 E101 37.501


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